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My experiences with Dog Trainers/ Behaviourists

I bought a beautiful Doberman,2 years of age from a reputable dog breeder/trainer back in Jan 2009 for security work. My dog was young with little education at the time for this type of work. The company I worked for required me to go and test my dog and train with their so called professional dog trainer. First ever bite work my dog had to do with the company dog trainer ended in disaster. The trainer put on a hard sleeve and asked me to activate my dog for a bite. Keep in mind this was the young dogs first ever bite on a sleeve. The dog did everything right jumped up for a full bite when the trainer to my surprise jammed the hard sleeve down very hard in the dogs mouth. This scared the dog and put him off the sleeve straight away. Another session I had with the same trainer he asked me to tie the dog up to a tree and for me to walk away. The dog had it's back turned to him happily sniffing the ground and the grass. Next second this trainer flew up behind him with a whip hitting him hard several times from behind. Nedless to say the dog freaked out and had no idea what the hell was going on. Both acts from this so called professional trainer was in my mind disgusting. Just a good way of totally destroying and damaging any confidence, what so ever in a young inexperienced dog. I got told more or less that my dog was absolutely useless, he would leave me for dead and to get rid off him ASAP!

He also told me straight away that he was more then happy to sell me one of his dogs...Hmm one weird way of making business. He then referred me to a dog behavourist that he obviously spoken to about my dog. I took my dog there. This young woman was jumping infront of my dog like a rabbit trying to get him to bite the sleeve. I have to say it was quite hillarious to watch. The dog showed her no interest what so ever since he now feared and avoided the sleeve. He totally ignored her.
She could not get the slightest reaction out of him. I could see she was very frustrated and I also fairly recognized her lack of skill, knowledge and ability. I had to laugh out loud when she then told me that my dog had a mental disease and he is only going to get worse and worse. She went on saying-he could not be fixed and it would be better to put him down.

Needless to say, I was appaled. I now had to spend months of trying to rectify the damage this so called professional trainer did to my dog and to come up with a solution to bring back the dogs confidence. Let me also mention that I never once doubted my dogs ability as I have witnessed his behaviour and guarding instinct. I now turned to his Breeder/ Trainer- Cheryl Spring ( former RAAF Police Dog trainer/ Handler.) We spend several hours talking and training providing him with a soft sleeve, playing with him and slowly gaining his confidence. Cheryls persistence, experience and skill to overcome all his fears was nothing less then outstanding.
Yes it took time but it was all worth her amazing efforts. I also got in contact with Dog Trainer Ross Allan ( Former RAAF/ Qld Police Dog Handler). He also provided me with insights, ideas and I got heaps of help and advise as his skills, experience and knowlege is out of this world. I quite liked the fact he could think outside the box and come up with new ideas all the time to suit my dog. I did a few training sessions with him. Both of these trainers did common sense training using the dogs natural instincts and behaviours and it sure made sense to me as a handler. I worked with my beautiful dog- Iggy for 3.5 years.

He was always reliable, super confident with a very stable temperament. He never once let me down and not once did he ever take a step back. It's fair to say he was cool, calm & collected and nothing faced him. That dog was like a demon when asked to be aggressive we had the best bond ever. He was a great working dog and I relied 100% on his ability to protect me, which he did on countless occassions. Let me say the importance of doing your research in getting the "right" trainer for your dog from the begining is of the upmost importance. It can take months to rectify unnecessary problems or worse, damage your dog for life with reckless and inexperienced dog trainers.. I was lucky enough to find these two dog trainers with many many years of experience, expertise, knowledge and skills that did all they could to help me. For that I am forever grateful. Both have become valuable friends who holds a special place in my heart.

Security Dog Handler Carina Gintner, 4 Jun. 2019

Since Simon’s training at Coastal Country Dog Training he has become a more relaxed dog making shared activities much more pleasurable for both of us. As well as breaking some of the bad habits we had both acquired, Simon is also now responsive to all of the basic obedience commands. As a result, he now gets to enjoy regular visits to the park and the beach and I’m no longer tearing my hair out. Thanks for taking some of the terrorist out of this terrier.


I sent my dog Coco, a kelpie cross, along to Cheryl at Coastal/Country Dog Training last month to iron out a few behavioural problems. Being an RSPCA long term dog she had no stability and no Boss, so she would do what ever she wanted. She would jump all over you, run after other dogs ignoring the command to return and pull your arms out of their sockets when walking on the lead. Being 28kg, that was definitely not good. I now have a dog that walks beside me on the lead, returns on command and definitely knows who is Boss. I think the most important thing that Cheryl did for me was to show me how to be in charge of my dog. I agree, after watching other dog owners with their dogs, that it is equally important to train the owner as well as the dog. The other point I think was important with this training was that good behaviour was rewarded with kind words and lots of pats rather than doggy treats. It meant you don't have to walk around with pockets full of dog biscuits to maintain good behaviour. You can re affirm training anywhere at any time with your voice and body language instead of needing to carry treats. Thanks for your help Cheryl, I don't think I could have put up with a dog behaving the way Coco did for much longer.




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